On Initial Pools for Deep Active Learning

Akshay L Chandra, Sai Vikas Desai, Chaitanya Devaguptapu, Vineeth N Balasubramanian

Active Learning (AL) techniques aim to minimize the training data required to train a model for a given task. Pool-based AL techniques start with a small initial labeled pool and then iteratively pick batches of the most informative samples for labeling. Generally, the initial pool is sampled randomly and labeled to seed the AL iterations. While recent` studies have focused on evaluating the robustness of various query functions in AL, little to no attention has been given to the design of the initial labeled pool. Given the recent successes of learning representations in self-supervised/unsupervised ways, we propose to study if an intelligently sampled initial labeled pool can improve deep AL performance. We will investigate the effect of intelligently sampled initial labeled pools, including the use of self-supervised and unsupervised strategies, on deep AL methods. We describe our experimental details, implementation details, datasets, performance metrics as well as planned ablation studies in this proposal. If intelligently sampled initial pools improve AL performance, our work could make a positive contribution to boosting AL performance with no additional annotation, developing datasets with lesser annotation cost in general, and promoting further research in the use of unsupervised learning methods for AL.

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